Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Famous for its Leaning Tower, this city in Tuscany also offers many other attractions including the Museo delle Sinopie, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo. This vibrant city is also home to a large university, elegant shops, lively markets, bars, cafes and plenty of good restaurants.

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Pisa

The stunning square of Campo dei Miracoli, Field of Miracles is also found in Pisa. This historical city is ideal for those looking for a taste of Italy's cultural past. This lively city is built along the river Arno and is ideal as a base for exploring the area.

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Pisa Hotels (?)

Grand Hotel Bonanno Photograph of Grand Hotel Bonanno
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This modern city hotel is the ideal base for a visit to Pisa as it is close to many attractions and public transport links....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

NH Pisa Hotel Photograph of NH Pisa Hotel
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This modern first class hotel combines comfort and luxury with a central location making it the ideal choice for business and leisure travellers who want to be in the heart of the city....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Repubblica Marinara Hotel Photograph of Repubblica Marinara Hotel
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Opened in September 2003 this hotel is the ideal place for tourism and business, all within a warm, stylish atmosphere....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Park Hotel California Photograph of Park Hotel California
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Modern first class hotel offering a beautiful location and a good range of facilities making this a ideal choice for those who like to combine sightseeing with a relaxing stay....

3 / 5 from 1 reviews

Leonardo Hotel Photograph of Leonardo Hotel
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The Leonardo Hotel is situated in the heart of the historic centre of Pisa, within walking distance of the city's popular sights of interest....

2 / 5 from 1 reviews

AC Hotel Pisa by Marriott Photograph of AC Hotel Pisa by Marriott
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Offering comfortable accommodation, the AC Hotel Pisa is situated on the outskirts of Pisa, around 3km from the city's historical centre....

Abitalia Tower Plaza Hotel Photograph of Abitalia Tower Plaza Hotel
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In peaceful surroundings and with views of the Leaning Tower make this hotel a great base for a relaxing stay in the city of Pisa. The hotel features a contemporary style and offers a wellness area, a...

Airone Pisa Park Hotel Photograph of Airone Pisa Park Hotel
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This converted farm offers charming and rustic style accommodation and a friendly atmosphere and makes the perfect base for those looking to explore the surrounding areas of Pisa, yet still being clos...

Andreaneri Hotel Photograph of Andreaneri Hotel
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Located in Marina di Pietrasanta, on Tuscany's Versilian coast, the Hotel Andreaneri is within walking distance of the beach and the town centre with its selection of shops, open air cafes and restaur...

Ariston Hotel Photograph of Ariston Hotel
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The Ariston Hotel has an ideal location just steps from the Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), home to the famous leaning tower. A good choice for those on a budget looking for a central locatio...

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This hotel is situated on the outskirts of Pisa, just a short drive from the airport and the historical centre....

Calamidoro Hotel Photograph of Calamidoro Hotel
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This family friendly converted 18th century villa offers first class accommodation and services and is situated in the Tuscan countryside 20km from the centre of Pisa....

Pisa Reviews

Holiday Date:24th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Park Hotel California
Room:Single
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

This resort is awesome. Hotel is a 30 minute stroll down a fairly busy main road but no footpath. All the sites of the leaning tower, cathedral and baptistry are easy accessible so is the city centre airport, train and bus stations.

Holiday Date:5th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Grand Hotel Bonanno
Room:Full Size Bed (1 Big Bed)
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

We were told not to expect too much with regard to the leaning tower, but it was a good experience. The other good part of this trip was spent on the coast at a small private beach. Lovely. We only stayed one night, but will return in the future.

Holiday Date:21st Sep 2015
Accommodation:Repubblica Marinara Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Excellent.

Holiday Date:9th Jul 2014
Accommodation:NH Pisa Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Don't forget the Skin-So-Soft, as there are invisible mosquitoes. Apart from the obvious attractions, Pisa is amazingly connected. Day trips to anywhere in the North are possible. Florence is an hour away. The airport is 6 minutes away. There is a bistro called Osteria del Violino. You eat what they cook - no menu to speak of. Rustic and authentic.

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Beaches

There is no beach in Pisa itself but there are several beaches that can be reached within 20 minutes by bus, train or car. There are some nicer beaches slightly further away and some will say they are worth the extra miles. Castiglioncello is about 40 minutes away by train and is mainly large rocks to dive off rather than sand but is still lovely and the town itself is lovely too.

Things to Do

Top of any to do list really has to be the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This beautiful bell tower dates back to 1173 and is 55m high. There are galleries and arcades on most floors so it is worth climbing the 294 steps to the top and as a reward you will be treated to some fantastic views.

The Leaning Tower is situated in the Cathedral Square, otherwise known as Miracles Square, along with the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the monumental graveyard. These three structures are considered central to religious life and symbolize the main stages of human life. The Baptistry represents birth, the Cathedral represents life and the graveyard represents death. The square is surrounded by a large grassy lawn which is ideal for relaxing and taking in the beautiful surroundings.

Pisa is full of impressive sites and offers many churches, museums and monuments for you to wander around so take a stroll through the narrow streets and enjoy the many sights of Pisa. Although you will see more if you are on foot, many visitors choose to take a horse carriage ride or a boat tour which is certainly the more relaxing alternative.

Pisa is also home to the oldest botanic gardens in Europe so if you are looking for somewhere to relax for a couple of hours then this is the place.

Out and About

Pisa has the usual souvenir shops where you can buy your very own little Leaning Tower of Pisa but there are also lots of elegant stores and markets that are held daily. There is also an antique market that is held every second weekend.

There are many different types of restaurants in Pisa and whilst visiting, you may want to try some frog soup or one of the many popular fish dishes and to round off your meal you could have some Torta co'bischeri which is a cake made of chestnuts, pine nuts and chocolate.

Nightlife in Pisa is fairly lively and whilst you will not be out partying till the early hours, there are plenty of places that stay open relatively late. Pisa is a young city so a lot of the crowd are students who tend to congregate round the restaurants, bars and clubs on the Arno promenade and the centro storico. In the summer, lots of young people tend to go to the coast or the Versilia where there are lots of pubs and clubs.

There are various festivals celebrated throughout the year with San't Ubaldo in May which sees many different events and a lovely flower festival. The liveliest month has to be June though and there are various events going on to celebrate different things. Events include the city centre being decorated with thousands of candles, firework displays, street markets and massive street parties that can be enjoyed by all.

Nearby Attractions

Whilst in Pisa, why not take some time out and visit the nearby hidden villages and hilltop towns and explore the surrounding countryside.

The charming town of Lucca is approx 17km from Pisa and although it is quieter than the likes of Florence, it is still very lively. Most of the centre is traffic free so why not rent a bike and tour the city walls and tree-lined promenade on your bike. There is a market held daily in the town square and there are several shops and cafes here too so it is great for a chilled out afternoon.

A little further a field is Florence with its many historical sights and attractions. If you like designer labels you will be at home here or you can just enjoying wandering round and seeing what the city has to offer.

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